The Poor. By: Edhela Enriquez & Kenneth Royce. THESIS. William contrasts the past & present of the neighborhood to portray the changes in the structure of society and its shortcomings through time.
By: Edhela Enriquez
& Kenneth Royce
William contrasts the past & present of the neighborhood to portray the changes in the structure of society and its shortcomings through time.
Those in poverty are used to its conditions while society tries to hide what is wrong and ignore what will eventually overwhelm them by trying to remain in control through false definition of what it really is that the poor needs
Shows contrast between past and present of how the neighborhood has changed:
Poems with similar ideas: expresses humanity and its shortcomings
Use of imagery and enjambment to carry out what is trying to be expressed in poem
What happens to the poem when the opening lines “It’s the anarchy of poverty/delights me” are removed from the poem? How would it affect the poem had Williams left it out? Would it change the interpretation and meaning of the poem?
The speaker in the poem uses the word “delights” to describe poverty. Do you think it affects the tone or mood of the play? If you were to change that word, what would it be and why? (Consider how it will affect the tone of the poem.)
Williams used the lines “in a wind that fitfully/turning his corner has/overwhelmed the entire city”. What do you think this “wind” is and what it represents?
In the end of the poem, there is no punctuation at all. Considering the use of end-stopped throughout the poem, why do you think Williams did this? Do you think it represents something?
Based on how the poem ends, Williams portrays society’s shortcoming as it tries to hide and ignore what is wrong in society, which eventually overwhelmed them after time. Yet, society continues to try to remain in control of the chaos by defining what they think is necessary for the poor to thrive compared to what the poor are actually used to living on what they only know of.